Okay, let’s see, um, here we go, says here that it will make a great family pet, is an excellent choice especially if you have children, needs a large yard where it can get lots of exercise, and of course he has good looks. What else, okay, here it says it has a mixture of sporting breeds, retriever, setter, and bloodhound. There is also a bonus, it says here that this breed is easy to train, and is friendly, makes friends wherever he goes. Males can weigh up to 75 pounds and females somewhat smaller. No doubt about it, he will get along with the kids, he is gonna love our yard, and mom says she doesn’t like dogs, but wait till she sees what we picked out. Not to mention we will probably have fun training him. All we have to do now is pick out a name . Okay, let’s see, um…
Sound familiar? The anticipation of getting a dog or a puppy was always exciting when I was growing up. I used to watch T.V. and practically grew up with Lassie, I loved Lady and the Tramp and my favorite song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow also came with a dog named Toto in the movie Wizard of Oz Togel Singapore . A dog, by no means, we had to get. We came home from school one day and there he was, our own little Tramp, a mixed breed. Happy happy , joy joy, that little dog was the best loved dog in the whole wide world.
So how do we find the courage to face the fear, determine what road to take, and turn our dreams into reality? There are many metaphors for coping with change. One of my favorites is Dorothy’s experience in Oz. As Dorothy tells her dog Toto, “We are not in Kansas anymore.” We know that in 2009, so much has changed for us collectively that we are not living in the metaphorical “Kansas” anymore either. Our individual lives have either changed or are threatened with change. Some of us are hunkering down with anxiety and confusion waiting…waiting for something or someone…The Wizard perhaps… to help us return to “Kansas”. Some of us want things to remain the same and we hang onto our current life style, maintaining the familiar habits, patterns and beliefs, hoping to ride out the storm in the cellar and come out when it has moved on. Others of us are following our own “yellow brick road” and taking the initiative to create the life we want to lead in the next few years, although it may be with fewer resources than we had hoped. The story of the Wizard of Oz offers us some wisdom to help us cope with the turbulent storms swirling around us and encourage us to launch a brave start on the yellow brick road.
Dorothy’s story begins on the farm in Kansas, a gray drab place where she is unhappy and afraid that crabby Almira Gulch will come and take Toto away. No one seems to care and she feels stuck believing that her only alternative is to run away. Just as many of us become stuck and unhappy in jobs, work and organizations that no longer provide opportunities for growth and challenge or for reward and recognition. We may want to run away too; or be so filled with fear and anxiety that we are stuck and can’t move. In times like these, the blustery winds of our economic recession may also carry us unexpectedly to an unknown place like Oz? Dorothy, like many of us, when she lands in Oz, is not an explorer or much of an adventurer. She doesn’t really know how things work in this strange and unfamiliar land. But she knows what she wants …she has a clear goal…to go back home. As Dorothy begins her trip down the yellow brick road to find the Wizard to help her get back home, she meets three important characters who are also stuck in their beliefs…the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion. What they learn by the time they have traveled the road, eliminated the wicked witch and discovered the Wizard is a mere mortal, is that when they believe in themselves, they have what they want…a brain, a heart, courage. These new friends provide Dorothy a support group that rescues her from spells and capture by the wicked witch. She also discovers she has her own resources to take her home….the ruby slippers.
What is the message for us stuck in our fear and inertia at midlife, wanting more from our lives, desiring clear goals, a purpose, and an opportunity to turn our dreams into reality or make a significant contribution to our community? If we take the plunge to leave the ease and familiarity of our farms in Kansas or we get blown away by the tornadoes churning through our economic environment, the characters walking the yellow brick road can give us insight for our survival. They can help us land on our feet, become adventurous explorers and discover our calling. The insights from Dorothy’s story suggest: